Sister Charlotte Lagnese, O.S.F.

Sister Charlotte Lagnese, O.S.F. (formerly Sister Marguerite Mary), died Jan. 13 in Lancaster General Hospital. She was 79, and had been a professed member of the Sisters of St. Francis of Philadelphia for 57 years.

Sister Charlotte was born in Baltimore, Md., where she was a member of St. Katharine Parish and a graduate of the Catholic High School of Baltimore. She entered the congregation in 1956 and professed her first vows in 1958. She earned a B.A. in humanities from Neumann University and an M.A. in theology from La Salle University. She ministered primarily in education and in pastoral ministry.

In 2009 Sister Charlotte received the Starfish Award from St. Joseph Health Ministries for her volunteer services. The award recognizes individuals and organizations that make a positive contribution to St. Joseph Health Ministries’ overall mission.


Sister Charlotte ministered for 44 years in the Diocese of Harrisburg and for nine years in the Diocese of Trenton.

The funeral Mass was celebrated Jan. 19 at Holy Trinity Church in Columbia, Pa. Burial was in Our Lady of Angels Cemetery, Aston.

Sister Charlotte is survived by two sisters, Dorothy Blackwell and Peggy Kline; a brother Michael Lagnese, nieces, nephews and by her Franciscan family. She is predeceased by her sisters Marie Gorub and Aileen Della Penna and her brother John Lagnese.